but could the fate of a few entry level Porsches prove as kind?
at least one (in silver I think) was crashed, a red one is in the Porsche museum; that's two so far. there are six left; there are four in the image below but I've yet to see any images of the remaining two. nevertheless, these sacrificial pre-production 924s deserve their own story...let's discuss the six final prototypes.
the problem is that shots of these final production prototypes are hard to come by; finding pictorial evidence of all six might be nearly impossible without the help of the archivists in Stuttgart. so far, I've only been able to find two; one, possibly Rallyegelb or Diamantsilbermetallic, donning Stuttgart registration plate S-04844, and the other in what looks to be Vipergrünmetallic plate number S-04637. the photographs I've seen of them are in black and white, which is why I'm uncertain of the color; they also are devoid of badges meaning no Porsche crests or make/model badges anywhere on the two cars. my searches have been fruitless so far, the only evidence I have of their existence are in the form of books; I need some help.
the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 1975 had a tagline of "live better with the automobile." it reeked of a coy attempt by the automobile industry as a whole to wipe away the mud that the environmentalists and supporting politicians slung blaming cars as the cause of all the world's problems and the primary reason of why the oil crisis was a serious threat to global welfare...the future of cars as they were known looked rather fucked.
now, it seemed downright brazen for Porsche to launch its new 911 Turbo Carrera in the face of such hostilities, but they weren't alone; Jaguar launched the XJ-S, and Mercedes yelled out what was probably the loudest fuck you by introducing their thirsty 450SEL 6,9 pig. the 928 was still in development but the press was clawing over themselves to get a peek at what Zuffenhausen was producing as rumors persisted that this 5 liter V8 Grand Tourer was to replace the Elfer. the timing was off on so many levels that year; introducing the 924 in such a theater would guarantee the failure of the press to get an erection at Porsche's newest entry level car...so they settled for its introduction a few months later at the La Grande-Motte resort in Carmague, South of France.
it looks like we have four press cars accounted for, or at the very least two.
the fifth, and this is strictly my numerical order and not one based off their serial number, wears a rare shade of Y5Y5 Vipergrün-metallic, known to English speakers as Peppermint Ice Metallic used in 1977. this 924 wears an S-CM 3685 as seen below doing a bit of brochure work. notice the registration plate on the yellow car in the ad next to the 911; S-CM 3684...it may have been registered right before the green one since its last four digits are 3685.
then we see another 924, the sixth one, in a different shade of green, N2N2 Signalgrün, this time with pressed steel wheels in a magazine ad with a registration plate from Ludwigsburg, a city in the Baden-Württemberg 12km north of Stuttgart and 44km south of Neckarsulm that reads LB-MT 990.
we also see that it has a different Stuttgart registration plate than all of the others, S-CR 8803. same with the blue one, the only clue here is the W7W7 Atlanticbluemetallic shade that was offered in 1976, of course there are exceptions. one clue that this car definitely falls between 1976 and 1978 are the chrome door handles as they were discontinued in model year 1979 when they went to black.
so if these ads and brochures were done around the same time, then we have a potential total of eight press cars that I've just come up with; the focus being strictly on the European market and trying to stay between 1976-1978. my chances of finding any one of them today? well, I'm optimistic. I know someone somewhere on this globe has or knows of where I can find some of them.
the odds may be slightly stacked against me since these were entry level Porsches that became of little value to collectors and enthusiast alike; there's a good chance that they may have been reincarnated into a Honda Accord or a beer can. I'm hoping they're lying in a field, a garden shed, or, hell...maybe soldiering on piling on the miles, the kilometers.
one way or another, I'll find them.